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Strengthening Not-for-Profit Boards

Recruiting your board trustees through a transparent and independent process encourages and leads to a diverse board. 

It is important for Not-For-Profits to be able to illustrate to all stakeholders that they have a transparent and robust board recruitment process.

Boards benefit from honesty, self-reflection and from being refreshed.

 

 

Who is a Charity Trustee?

"Charity trustees are the people who ultimately exercise control over, and are legally responsible for, the charity." 

Charities Regulator

 

Steps to help build a better board

Building better Not-For-Profit boards, planning for board succession, reviewing a boards performance will ensure a strong and sustainable board.

 

 

Board Composition

Board composition is critical for good governance and great performance.

The composition of a board is hard to get right, it is no easy task but makes a huge difference to a Not-For-Profit when it is right.

Some keys aspects of board composition to keep in mind when recruiting for your board is skills, background, experience, diversity and independence.

 

Board Training

The role of being a trustee comes with alot of responsibility. The same level of investment should be put into the board as it would be paid staff.

Induction training for all new trustees should be provided as part of board recruitment to confirm their role is understood.

The full board should undertake board training annually or as often as they see fit so all trustees are up to date with their individual role,  and the role of the full board.

Board Review

The board should take the time to review it's performance. It is easy to go from meeting to meeting and not recognise if the board's time is focussed in the right areas. How do you know if you are doing a good job?

A board review by an independent party provides the opportunity for a board to be honest in feedback and highlight any issues.

A effective board is one that takes the time to review itself and spend time working on areas that require a little extra attention.